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Vincent Cassel Talks Playing Paul Gauguin, the #MeToo Movement and Wedding Plans

Two months in Tahiti may sound like the ultimate desertion of city life, but for Vincent Cassel it was all in a day’s pay.
That was a job requirement to portray the post-Impressionist artist Paul Gauguin, who chucked the political and moral restraints of European society to move to French Polynesia in 1891. To take the lead in Edouard Deluc’s “Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti,” Cassel had to lose a lot of weight and live off the land. His hollowed physique may surprise fans of his roles in “Jason Bourne,” “Black Swan” and “Irreversible.” Driven by creative freedom, Gauguin toiled in Tahiti for years at two different points in his life. He died in the more remote Marquesas Islands unacclaimed, impoverished and alone at the age of 54 in 1903.
Aside from the 12-hour time difference that made phoning home fairly touch-and-go, Cassel said he dealt with other challenges. “I had to look sick. The guy didn’t eat, he was losing his teeth, he felt old. To get close to that, I decided I had to lose a lot of weight. When you don’t eat, you get skinny.”
But the bare-bones existence on location had its rewards. “Honestly, I never felt so good in

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